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A Principal Manager's Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0: How to Build Exceptional Schools Across Your District

A Principal Manager's Guide to Leverage Leadership 2.0: How to Build Exceptional Schools Across Your District

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

ISBN: 978-1-119-49667-0

Jul 2018, Jossey-Bass

272 pages



Build better schools by training better leaders

A Principal Managers Guide to Leverage Leadership answers the question that district leaders have been asking across the country:  if Leverage Leadership is a roadmap for principals on how to lead great schools, what can principal managers and districts do to support them on that path?  A Principal Managers Guide to Leverage Leadership offers a step-by-step guide to coaching principals to the highest levels of achievement, and it is rooted in studying the most successful principal managers and districts across the country.  It can be used by principal managers/supervisors, superintendents, district and state leadership, and principal training organizations to accelerate the growth of principals in your community.  Used in conjunction with Leverage Leadership 2.0, this book identifies the key actions principal managers should take to create exceptional school leaders, integrating the seven levers of leadership into district culture from the principal manager on up. With a particular emphasis on the two “super-levers” of data-driven instruction and student culture, this book is packed with advice, professional development materials, and real-world videos of principal managers in action, offering principal managers a valuable resource for bringing about change.

A Principal Manager’s Guide to Leverage Leadership introduces a new unifying approach that is also highlighted in Leverage Leadership 2.0: See It, Name It, Do It. It gives you the tools to See it (see models of effective practice and identify gaps), Name it (name concrete actions for improvement) and Do it (provide means to practice these action steps until a principal masters them)

With A Principal Managers Guide to Leverage Leadership in hand, principal managers, superintendents and principal training organizations can facilitate district-wide and state-wide transformations and hasten the benefit to the students and community as a whole.

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About the Author


A Paradigm Shift: From Administration to Instruction

A “Practical Guide”: What You’ll Find in the Book

Who Should Use This Book—And How

Part I: What to Coach

Chapter 1: A Primer on Leverage Leadership

The 7 Levers of Leadership

See It. Name It. Do It.

How to Make the Levers Happen


Chapter 2: Identifying the Right Action Steps

Criteria for Principal Action Steps

How to Use the Sequence of Principal Actions

Case Studies—Try it Yourself


Principal Action Steps

Making it Work

Part II: How to Coach

Chapter 3: Coaching Data-Driven Instruction

Set the Table—A Primer on the Conditions for Success District-Wide

Monitor the Learning

Coach by Example: Lead Data Meetings

Coach by Doing: Monitor Student Work


Principal Manager Check-ins

Making it Work

Chapter 4: Coaching Student Culture

Train the Rollout

Monitor Culture

Coach by Walking

Coach by Meeting

The 30-Day Playbook


Making it Work

Chapter 5: Coaching Teams of Principals

Establish the Norm—One School

Observe Each Other—Collaborative School Walkthroughs

Practice Together—Team Coaching


Making it Work

Part III: Systems

Chapter 6: Finding the Time

Build Your Weekly Schedule

Defend Your Time

Manage Your Tasks


Making it Work

Chapter 7: A Superintendent’s Guide to Creating the Conditions for Success

Maximize Time in Schools

Data-Driven Instruction Systems

Flexible Support for Turnarounds


Part IV: Professional Development

Workshops: Overview and Highlights

Chapter 7: Data-Driven Instruction for Principal Managers

Chapter 8: Student Culture for Principal Managers

End Notes